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CBSE Schools to have daily Sports Classes

Sports Classes

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has firmed up plans to encourage physical education and sports in its 10,000 affiliated schools across the country. All schools will soon have to ensure a daily lesson in physical education for classes I to X and twice a week for classes XI and XII. A circular will soon be issued on the changes.

The current norms in almost all schools, including CBSE Schools, is one PT period a week. There is a strong argument thatmore attention has to be paid to sports and physical education to encourage children to take them up a profession.

CBSE’s new norms will require all its schools to hold at least five sports classes a week from the first to the tenth standard and two a week for the X1th and XIIth standards.

Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs M S Gill has been strongly pitching for daily sports lessons in schools. He had raised the issue in Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meetings in 2009 and this year.

Gill is said to have sent several letters to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, pushing for mandatory daily sports lessons from elementary school onwards. Gill wants permission to new schools linked to playground facilities.

Demanding filling up of vacancies of physical training teachers in schools, the ministry said Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas could play a leading role in incorporating physical training and sports into the curriculum. Similarly, the Sarva Shikhsa Abhiyan should have a strong sports-related component to help start early, it suggested. The Sports Ministry feels sports has been neglected in schools, leading to a serious dearth of quality sportspersons. India’s lacklustre showing in international sporting events is often linked to the absence of a sports culture in education.